Ongoing Lawsuit Involves Spontaneous
Breakage of Tempered Glass
woman is seeking hundreds of eral contractor,glass fabricators and con- codes, regulations and standards and
thousands of dollars in damages tract glazier for damages of $800,000. thus Plaintiffs are barred from or not en-
for injuries she says were sus- The suit alleges the defendants’ negli- titled to recovery herein against this an-
tained from broken glass at a federal gence in properly warning of and/or pre- swering defendant.” It adds that the
building in Kansas City, Mo. venting the glass’spontaneous breakage. plaintiffs “have failed to join necessary
In April of 2013, Social Security Ad- All named defendant,including J.E.Dunn parties,including,but not limited to,the
ministration employee Jessie Cobbins Construction,Insulite Glass Co.of Olathe, building manager responsible for the up-
alleges she sustained permanent per- Kan., Bratton Corp., Cimmaron Electric keep of the building and informing De-
sonal injuries due to a tempered glass and Skyline Design of Chicago, deny the fendants of any alleged defect in the
door at a federal office building that allegations.
exploded” as she attempted to unlock
In its answer,door installer Bratton,as-
serts it“at all times complied with all ap-
J.E. Dunn was the general contractor
it, according to court documents.
Cobbins filed a lawsuit against the gen- plicable government and industry laws,
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DOC to Investigate Chinese Aluminum Extruder
he U.S. Department of Com- inquiry. The AEC submitted evidence it Orders, and/or represents a later-de-
merce (DOC) is conducting an says proves Zhongwang, through a se- veloped product that can be consid-
anti-circumvention investigation ries of affiliated exporters and U.S. im- ered subject to the Orders.
The DOC will not order the suspen-
of aluminum extrusions into the United sion of liquidation of entries of any ad-
on Chinese aluminum extruder China porters, “has poured billions of pounds
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) States and Mexico in recent years, ditional merchandise at this time.
filed a petition with the DOC last October, much of which just sits in warehouses However, if the Department issues a
accusing Zhongwang of evading duties and open fields.”
on aluminum extrusions imported into “The evidence provided in the sub- “it will then instruct U.S. Customs and
the U.S. The DOC decided that while mission also demonstrates the lengths Border Protection to suspend liquida-
050 alloyed aluminum extrusions are to which Zhongwang has systematically tion and require a cash deposit of esti-
preliminary affirmative determination,
not expressly covered by the scope of its evaded the antidumping/countervailing mated duties, at the applicable rate, for
orders, it initiated the anti-circumvention duties by exporting extrusions into the each unliquidated entry of the mer-
investigation to determine whether im- U.S. in a variety of forms, which have chandise at issue, entered or withdrawn
ports of 5050 alloyed extrusions have only one thing in common: they have from warehouse for consumption on or
been circumventing the anti-dumping been manipulated solely for the pur- after the date of initiation of the in-
and countervailing duties.
We applaud the DOC’s decision,” tinue to be subject to the orders,”
says Jeff Henderson, who was recently Henderson said in February.
elected president of the AEC. “… We Now that it is moving forward, the the company’s response to the allega-
pose of evading duties and should con- quiry,” according to AEC.
In October, the Chinese business
publication The Standard reported that
look forward to the industry receiving DOC will determine whether the mer- tions is that it “always exports products
relief from this duty evasion scheme.” chandise subject to the inquiry in- under trade rules,” adding that products
Based on information in the AEC’s pe- volves either a minor alteration to sent to the United States “are deep-
tition, the DOC found there is sufficient subject merchandise in such minor re- processed ones excluded from anti-
basis to initiate an anti-circumvention spects that it should be subject to the dumping and anti-subsidy rules.”
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | May 2016